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What we can learn from Kate Moss's ever evolving wardrobe

Taking a glance back at iconic British model Kate Moss's historic looks, the fashion legend teaches us that while fashion changes with each season, style truly is forever.
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Kate Moss, the legendary 90s supermodel from Croydon, UK, rose to fame following her discovery at JFK Airport at 14 years old.

Now, decades later, she remains one of fashion’s greatest icons due to her rebellious nature that has defined her eclectic style. Fearless in experimenting with her looks, Kate Moss’s style has inspired many as she bends and even subverts the traditional rules of fashion.

From the see-through slip dresses that she rocked at the beginning of her career, to her playful bohemian street style and famous leopard-print coats, pulling up search results for "Kate Moss style" will yield thousands of results.

After decades of experience in the fashion industry, and becoming a certified runway veteran, we put together some of our favourite Kate Moss style moments in fashion history.

Designer of the Year Awards, 1991

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At the 1991 Designer of the Year Awards held during London Fashion Week, a young Kate Moss dressed in a grey micro-mini skirt and massive white fur coat, a look capturing the essence of quintessential 90s style. It was one of the key moments that exhibited Kate's love for both minimalism and drama.

Elite Model Agency Party, 1993 

True to her 90s style roots, the slip dress has become a hallmark of Kate Moss style throughout her career. At the 1993 Elite Model Agency Party, Kate wore a sheer metallic slip dress showing her waifish figure that became synonymous with the popularised, but controversial “heroin chic” look. 

Ed Wood Premiere, 1994

In 1994 with then-boyfriend, Johnny Depp, Kate paid homage to the beloved flapper style of the '20s at the premiere of the film Ed Wood in a dress designed by Calvin Klein. A personal vintage find from the model, the minidress not only showed off her killer legs, but the sequins were one a preview of what would soon become a mainstay in the supermodel's wardobe.

Frank Sinatra’s 80th Birthday, 1995 

While a fan of fashion classics, a young Kate Moss showed she still always puts her own twist on whatever she wears. Here she shows us that no little black dress is complete without a layer of voluminous feathers.

52nd Golden Globes, 1995

This black sequin turtleneck dress and casual updo quintessentially characterise Kate's style. The high-neck cut deviated from the typical style of the era while still being one of the most engaging looks of the 52nd Golden Globes.

Met Gala, 1995

Attending her first Met Gala with Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell in 1995, the young Kate Moss wore a minimal floor-length bias-cut dress designed by the person she credits for her success, Calvin Klein. 

Being known for bolder styles, Kate's subtle approach to this red carpet was a mark of her embracing a love of minimalism that would become more prominent in her looks in the future.

Halloween, 1997

Appearing at a Halloween party at New York's Supper Club, Kate attended the celebration, also known as fashion's favourite holiday, in a subversive take on the traditional magician. 

Sporting a sheer lace dress, dramatic dark eye shadow, boa and top hat, Kate showed that only she could create a costume that would make us want to dress like a magician every day. 

De Beers & Versace Diamonds Are Forever, 1999

Never one to shy away from a daring look, Kate and fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell, dressed in chainmail slip dresses by Versace with De Beers jewels to create a liquid metal look at the charity gala in 1999. 

30th Birthday Party at Claridge’s, 2004

Showing she is an icon that knows how to celebrate herself, at Kate’s 30th birthday party she themed the fete based off the F. Scott Fitzgerald book, The Beautiful and The Damned

Once again highlighting her affinity for sequins, Kate's midnight blue party look was a celebration of her love of dramatic looks. 

Glastonbury with Pete Doherty, 2005 

At Glastonbury, one of the biggest music festivals in the world, Kate gave us a lesson on how to look chic and be practical at the same time.

Sporting a leather jacket, dishevelled hair, a bucket bag and the classic English Hunter wellington boots, this look became an instant viral image and a definitive moment in the Kate Moss style archives.

 O2 Wireless Festival, 2006

Attending the O2 Wireless annual music festival in Hyde Park, London, Kate once again shows her style versatility, and her love for music festivals in a bohemian-inspired look. 

Met Gala, 2009

Close friends Kate and Marc Jacobs attended the Met Gala together in 2009, themed “Model As Muse.” The theme fit the pair perfectly and emphasised the important relationship between designers and models in defining the fashion of the era.

Jacobs dressed Kate for the evening in a one-shoulder metallic dress and headpiece. 

Wedding to Jamie Hince, 2011

In a much-anticipated event of the decade, in 2011 Kate married The Kills guitarist, Jamie Hince, in custom Galliano. The rhinestone-studded gown combined with her vintage embellished lace veil did not disappoint fashion-lovers nor Pinterest boards who were awaiting the wedding of the year.

"Kate: Kate Moss Book" Launch, 2012

Once again, dressed by iconic designer Marc Jacobs, Kate emits a goddess-like glow in this golden number at the launch party in London to celebrate “Kate: The Kate Moss Book” by Rizzoli New York. In true Kate Moss style, she chose to wear the dress backwards, solidifing her iconic rebellious and unique approach to fashion. 

Louis Vuitton, 2013

A historic moment in fashion, Kate walked the runway for Marc Jacobs’ last show for his Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection for Louis Vuitton

Modelling the prestigious finale look, Kate looked striking in a sheer, embroidered gown and a dark pixie wig. 

London, 2015

No article about Kate Moss style would be complete without an ode to her love of cheetah print. In this paparazzi image from a night-out in 2015, Kate wears a cheetah coat off her shoulders on top of a glittery dress.

Since the 90s, this staple has defined her style and continues to transcend decades later. 

Launch of Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty, 2015

Close friends with the late designer Alexander McQueen, Kate attends the opening of the now famous exhibit Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

Kate wore a dramatic floor-length sheer lace gown from the McQueen pre-Autumn/Winter 2015 collection while opting to forego the original black lining – once again making customizing designer looks a true mainstay of signature Kate Moss style. 

Louis Vuitton, 2018

Once again walking the runway in one of the most momentous events in fashion history, Kate appeared in the Louis Vuitton fashion show for Kim Jones' final season as men’s artistic director. 

Legendary fashion duo Naomi and Kate closed the show hand-in-hand with the designer as an epic farewell wearing the men’s streetwear of the season. These monogrammed trenches reflected the timelessness of both the brand and the supermodel muses. 

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